Bleeding Gums

Gums can make or break a smile so don’t let your smile’s potential be spoiled by red, sore, puffy or bleeding gums.

Why do my gums bleed?

One of the most noticeable signs of gum disease are bleeding gums. When plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth, it creates a perfect environment for bacteria to grow. These bacteria then infect the tissues closest to the teeth – the gums. Your gums become inflamed as a result and become more prone to bleeding when you brush and floss.

If you have bleeding gums, it’s likely that you’ve developed the early stages of gum disease called gingivitis. Bleeding gums are more vulnerable to infection so it’s important to see a dentist or hygienist when you first notice these symptoms.

Thankfully, gum disease is easy to combat. Our team of periodontist can treat your condition before it progresses into periodontitis, which can eventually cause tooth loss.

How are bleeding gums treated?

The best way to halt the progress of gum disease is to remove the plaque from the surface of the teeth. A ‘scale and polish’ can remove the plaque from your teeth but sometimes we will need to conduct a more thorough clean. In this case, we can use planning to clean plaque from under the gum line.

If an infection has progressed, we can prescribe a course of antibiotics to combat the problem.

We often say that prevention is the best cure. Routine check-ups with your dentist and hygienist can stop gum disease from developing. Also good oral care at home will prevent plaque build ups.

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